It’s always nice to get away. Even for a few days.
That is why I decided to look for flights on our CDN Family Day weekend Feb 15/16 – 19.
Google Flights is awesome for this – put in your days and check that map!
As always I use Detroit as our airport to fly out of – but Cleveland can be cheaper.
So what I found was Florida flights are not cheap…yet.
The best I could find there was Detroit – Ft. Lauderdale $268 round CDN.
Now that may seem cheap to you, but lately prices have been better.
A couple cities worth checking out on this weekend (for cheap flight prices) are…
Myrtle Beach – $139 CDN round trip
Washington, DC – $117
New York City – $218
It’s always fun checking Google Flights and I’m really surprised more people don’t use it or haven’t even heard of it yet!
So as we all know as Canadians March break is an expensive time to travel – always is.
Usually most people are stuck in the Friday-Friday/Sat-Sat/ or Sun-Sun type of flight.
Many people don’t waver from this and that can hurt your budget.
2 things to really consider when planning a March break trip are…
- fly different days and don’t necessarily stay a week
- do you really have to fly out of…(Detroit for our area)
I usually do a post like this every January or so but it is so true.
Many people I chat with are going Saturday March 10 to Saturday March 17 and are going to Florida – lets say Orlando in this example.
Currently this flight is $350 CDN on Delta – which is actually pretty good!
Google flights will give you hints by the way.
Can you make your trip shorter? Can you drive and extra 2 hours to Cleveland?
In the picture below there are different cities listed but I’ll tell you what it comes down to.
Make your trip half a week if money is an issue – say going Sun 11 – Thur 15.
Your new CDN flight prices round trip?
Orlando – $158
Ft. Lauderdale $160
Ft. Myers $149
All I am saying here is have some flexibility and save some serious cash.
Hotels still gonna cost ya? Check our page “How do you do this” and grab some SPG or Best Western points and stay free!
Check her page and get in touch with Karen…
A few co-workers usually ask me this question this time of year – “Does getting all these cards hurt your credit rating?”
NO. NO. NO.
Take it from Gronk from a totally unrelated YouTube video (Tide pods) – IF YOU PAY YOUR BILLS ON TIME THIS WILL NOT HURT YOUR CREDIT SCORE AT ALL.
My page “How do you do this” will get you started on the right cards for Canadians and travelling for free.
In the 6+ years I have been doing this my rating has stayed between 720 and 790.
That is good/very good/excellent.
I won’t go on a long rant but if you are tired of your Air Miles doing nothing for you and a few bucks here and there grocery shopping you should try this “hobby” out – it is very lucrative and not overly time consuming – it does take some learning.
1 card every 3-4 months? Why not travel for free?
There are far better sites/blogs than mine to start your education on this.
Rewards Canada, Pointsnerd.ca and many more out there.
I am just simply stating this doesn’t hurt your score if you are responsible at paying bills.
Karen has more deals – check out her page!
I did a post a few years ago…
It has come up again recently and is still true today but with fewer options – for now.
Travel sports cost money – hotel money is a part of it.
Why not alleviate some of that pain and get hotel points as a team?
Because Amex lets you refer and is generous with their sign up bonuses there are ways you could go a season and spend very little if any money on hotels.
The CDN cards you can get (right now) are the Amex SPG card – personal and business and the Best Western Mastercard.
I have them linked on the “How do you do this” page but even these 2-3 cards will save you thousands in hotel stays – yes thousands.
Especially the Cat 1 and 2 SPG properties going for 4000 points or less a night and decent properties for sure!
If you are reading this and don’t travel for sports…who cares? Why not grab a couple thousand dollars worth of hotel nights for $120-$270 total in annual fees?
It seems like a no-brainer but some people are wary of cards that carry an annual fee – it is so worth it in the end though.
Seems this is the time of year everyone is realizing they need a break if they didn’t go anywhere for Christmas holidays (if you had them)
It’s cold, January and you are sick of hearing stories about “who went where”
So…you wanna go somewhere free eh?
You can – it’s about 2 months from now – but you have to hustle.
Ya – it’s credit card sign up bonuses – I have been yapping about them on this site for over 4 years now.
I talk to many people about this daily so why not don’t a quick blog post about it?
The page “How do you do this” has the 3 cards to get – you could get 2 of them and pretty much be covered for a free vacation.
If you can refer a partner/spouse etc you can more than double up on the bonus points.
Yes, you have to spend some money and yes you have to learn a little bit about points and how they work – BUT IT IS WORTH IT!!!
For the spending money part get some family/friends/etc to help you out there – then pay them what they spend on your card – not really allowed but…
Learning about points? Check our other pages “Amex Points” and others.
I’d probably get both the Amex Gold Business (you can be a business by the way) and the Amex SPG card and then refer a partner if you can.
The Best Western card is good, it’s just they can be very disorganized with their points rewarding and you might not see them in time.
The Amex Gold points post immediately which is excellent and the SPG points post monthly so you want to get that card and spend your $1500 soon.
Then…go on a free vacation for March Break! Or if a little late on points there is still Easter!
Try it – it’s fun!
Get ahold of this girl – she has so many All Inclusive Deals – see her page!
So back to school for me and everyone is talking about their next trip…wherever!
A tool I use and you probably should too if you don’t yet is GOOGLE FLIGHTS.
Let’s say you’re like many of my co-workers and are talking March Break since it is only 2 months away now (in Ontario)
Some people have very strict times, dates and cities to adhere to and therefore box themselves into a certain flight price that won’t change very much in the next 2 months.
Let’s say ( a common one here) Saturday to Saturday March 10 -17 Detroit to Tampa.
Here is the current flight info.
So $391 CDN for a nonstop or not shown is $345 for 1 stop.
If you are purchasing a few flights savings means alot here!
Just by changing a day or a city you can save significant amounts.
Many people I chat with are buying 4 flights…so let’s see what I can do here.
Fly out of Cleveland! I have done a few posts over the last few years about flying out of Cleveland rather than Detroit and it can pay off! (391-251 = $140 per flight!)
Then you can play with the dates,cities etc and hopefully save even more money.
Since many of you are now planning March break plans I suggest you try out Google Flights before you book your flights – it may not save you anything – but it probably will.